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Open Sourcing Online Education

Posted by reyjunco on January 20, 2011 in Commentary, How-to |

This post isn’t about the OpenCourseWare movement (which I think is really cool) but instead about using open source and/or free online tools to enhance the way we teach online courses. This is my first semester  teaching the Social Media in Higher Education course (syllabus) that I developed. For logistical and administrative reasons, I’m teaching the […]

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Academic Excellence in 140 Characters

Posted by reyjunco on November 22, 2010 in Research |

This is a video created by one of my students to summarize the research we conducted on the effects of Twitter on student engagement and grades. The journal article summarizing the study and our findings is available here. Abstract Despite the widespread use of social media by students and its increased use by instructors, very […]

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Civil Discourse in the Age of Social Media

Posted by reyjunco on October 29, 2010 in Research |

For centuries, issues of civil discourse only arose concerning written and oral communication. But now, new technologies for communication and social interaction, particularly social media, have dramatically expanded the potential for human interaction. They generate significant challenges for institutional policies and practices to encourage and sustain civil discourse for the critical social and personal issues […]

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Academic advising, social media, and student engagement

Posted by reyjunco on September 27, 2010 in Commentary |

My research is focused on using emerging technologies to help engage students and enhance their success in higher education. Some people who learn about my research before meeting me, think I’m going to be a digital evangelist. On the contrary, I prefer to be engaged with my students in realspace (i.e., the classroom) and realtime. […]

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Multitasking has negative effect on student academic work

Posted by reyjunco on September 13, 2010 in Research |

The following is a summary of findings and implications from my latest paper with Shelia Cotten entitled Perceived academic effects of instant messaging use to be published in Computers & Education. Summary of Findings: IM users spend a great deal of time actively chatting (120 minutes per day on average). 97% of IM users reported […]

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Why educators must become hackers

Posted by reyjunco on May 27, 2010 in Commentary |

We have to approach technology more like hackers than like traditional educators. In our fast-paced and media-saturated milieu, we are constantly prodded to consume information without much critical reflection. This reality of the new information society has had a transformational impact on various higher education institution’s ways of doing things. A clear and significant exception […]

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